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pro-russian separatists in the east, and some are on the far right of the political spectrum so if it is proven that those brigades are included in this training program, it will give russia a strong case to they the u.s. is training fascists. in other news today, an ohio man has now been arraigned and pled not guilty on charges that he was providing material support for terrorism. prosecutors say he traveled to syria to train with an al-qaeda-linked group and was planning an attack on the u.s. >> reporter: the government alleges that this man traveled to syria for terrorist training. he made that trip two months after gaining american citizenship. >> the benefit of being an american, is he has good paper.
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he has a u.s. passport and is able to travel. >> reporter: the fbi says he left columbus ohio in april 2014 with a one-way ticket to greece but during a layover in turkey he slipped into syria the indictment alleges while in syria he attended a training camp run by the al-nusra front. he trained in shooting weapons, breaking into houses explosives, and hand-to-hand combat. during that time prosecutors say he learned that his brother aidan had been killed fighting for isil. he said hi was happy about aiden's death and he would join him soon. a cleric instructed him to return to the united states and
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the later talked about doing something big. his alleged plan was to attack an military facility and his backup plan was to attack a prison. prosecutors say he wanted to target armed forces police officers or other uniformed individuals. the fbi said he was making plans to storm a texas military base and kill american soldiers execution style. john henry smith, al jazeera. violence this morning in indian administered kashmir. police fired tear gas and remember -- rubber bullets. now to the war in yemen, badly needed medical supplies left today bound for aden.
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u.n. officials say the humanitarian needs in yemen are staggering and more than 150,000 people have been displaced in the fighting. >> reporter: pickup trucks full of fighters descend on the town. they are reinforcements for the popular resistance committees and tribes fighting houthi rebels and their allies. both sides have been battling for control of the area. >> translator: we are the sons of the area. we reject the houthis. we will not leave here except victorious, and will die fighting. >> translator: this will be the graveyard of every invader.
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>> reporter: further south in ta'izz houthi fighters are stationed on the main roads. together with soldiers loyal to the deposed president, they have been trying to consolidate their control of the city which is seen as a gateway to southern yemen. but further south, it's the opposition who appear to be gaining momentum. the committees loyal to president hadi are making gains every day, particularly in aden. street-to-street battles continue in the center of the city. with tanks and heavy shelling as they try to force the houthis to retreat or surrender, air strikes, gunfire, and heavy bombardment mean the streets are practically empty except for fighters on both sides.
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rubbish is piling up everywhere some young ones are risking their lives to try to clean the streets themselves to ensure that diseases are not added to the long list of challenges yemenese already have to endure. coming up next on al jazeera america, evaluating the president's executive action. the federal appeals court is hearing arguments over a plan to shield millions from deportation. ation. >> gripping. inspiring. entertaining. talk to al jazeera. only on al jazeera america.
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[ technical difficulties ] >> in their press, certainly is very involved in all of the pomp and ceremony and something they like to show the audience back home that the heard of the country, in this case italy, they like to show the folks back home that they are indeed friendly with the united states. they are on a first name basis. that was evident throughout the press conference two issues really jumped forward, and it was a wide-ranging de-ranging
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>> [ technical difficulties ] >> as a result of violence between groups like al-qaeda and aqim in africa isil now trying to gain a foothold in libya, a chaotic situation spilling over into the mediterranean. this past sunday 400 drowned trying to make their way to italy and europe. >> isil has been very specific about wanting to use the chaos inside libya as justification for putting some of their personnel there. so the coordination with italy
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and with other of our key partners is going to be very important. >> reporter: and prime minister renzi echoing that saying the only solution was for libyans to come together. ever since the bombing runs there, trying to protect the residents of benghazi ultimately of course we know gadhafi was deposed and ultimately killed it has devolved into chaos since then. >> thanks mic mike at -- mike viqueira at the white house. a hearing has just wrapped up in new orleans where judges are considering president obama's executive actions on immigration. jonathan martin joins us live in new orleans. what is going on there right now? >> good afternoon, randall, the
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court is technically still underway but the hearing portion has wrapped up and there are still a lot of people outside of the courthouse. this are people who support the president in issues on immigration. they have been chanting and circling the courthouse. today what happens really does affect a lot of these people here and it is really a test for the president's initiatives on immigration. justice department lawyers are here arguing the president's plan to shield some 5 million undocumented persons from deportation, they are arguing that should move forward. but you might remember back in february randall a u.s. district judge in texas issued a nationwide injunction. after 26 states had sued. and others talked about the
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financial burden it would place on their states. things like having to pay for a driver's license for millions of people who were deferred from deportation. a three-judge panel hearing this case today. and what they will decide now, they will decide whether the president's plan remains on hold whether this injection stay -- injunction stays in place or whether it is lifted. >> are the protesters optimistic that the ruling will go in their favor? >> reporter: you are right exactly, randall. and a lot of people here today are with their families. a lot of moms and dads who have children who were born here in america. and they are hoping that will be able to stay. a lot of them are optimistic. the mood has been celebratory,
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but they also realize it could be an uphill battle. the fifth circuit here is considered the most conservative circuit out of the three judges two are republican so many feel that could have an impact. we don't expect a decision today, it likely could be days or weeks before we know what this panel decides. >> thank you, jonathan martin reporting live from new orleans. the president's executive action would shield about 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, as jonathan mentioned. jennifer glasse met one family that would be affected by the court's decision. >> reporter: take a look around this small four-room apartment, ten people live here. all of the furniture was brought at garage sales. outside these two girls play a game. they are u.s. citizens. their parents are not.
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they are undocumented migrants from mexico. without papers they are forced to work in the shadows at low-paying jobs. she cleans a laundromat. he works at a supermarket. >> translator: one paycheck goes for the rent. we also take money from the second check for the rent and whatever is left, we pay bills. thanks to the fact we have food stamps we were able to eat. about six months ago we couldn't even afford to buy a gallon of milk. >> reporter: the struggle to feed their family is ever present. on the way we visited there was food on the table, but tomorrow they may go hungry. >> translator: my children know when there's no money. i tell them this is what we're eating today. cactus beans. they are used to it. >> reporter: president obama's executive action seeks to help
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families like the lopezes. one of the programs would allow those parents to obtain work permits. >> almost all predictions are if somebody is able to gain legal status and a work permit their income will go up. >> reporter: this is a sociology professor, he cowrote a recent study. what does it mean for the wage earners in terms of would they be making significantly more money? and what would that mean for their children. >> they would make more money. and about 40,000 children would come out of poverty. right now people can't switch jobs because they have undocumented status. if you have a work permit you can switch jobs and better match
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your skills. >> reporter: supporters of the executive action like this person say it's pretty simple help the parents and you help the children. help the children and everybody benefits. >> of the children would be able to rise above that poverty. >> reporter: but opponents of the president's action argue it violates the constitution because the government is not enforcing immigration law that calls for deporting undocumented migrants. what do you say to people who make that argument? >> the argument that we can deport 11 million people is not only shameful and disgusting to be able to do that but we have seen the impact of mass deportations before. we know what happens when a citizen child who is here is going to remain here who they say with whether it's a foster
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care system or a family member and you break that family apart, it's not going to be a good result for the society at large. >> translator: i would say to those people who are against a work permit or an immigration reform i don't think they have suffered like we have as undocumented. i ask them to touch their hearts. if they have children to think of us that we also have children, and we have to provide for them. >> reporter: the lopez family living on the americanss americans -- margins now forced to live on the edge. health officials in indiana say 24 more cases of hiv have been diagnosed in a small rural town. officials link the latest cases to increased testing. the outbreak has been connected with drug use and dirty needles. >> reporter: kevin admits he is an addict. hooked on a powerful painkiller.
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he is also the face of a new epidemic one many thought was on the decline in the united states. >> friend of mine and myself went down and got tested for hiv, and came back positive. blew me away. >> reporter: he lives in the small town of austin in scott county indiana. the epicenter of the outbreak. austin is facing the worst outbreak of hiv ever. users say clean needles are hard to find in indiana. indiana governor mike pence temporarily suspended that law. >> today i declared a public health emergency in scott county indiana. >> reporter: teams adrive to provide testing, doctors, counseling and a needle exchange. with little experience of its
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own, indiana turned to an established needle exchange in chicago for advice. >> we began in january of '92, and have been doing it ever since inform >> reporter: they rely heavily on addicts like doug to take the extra needles to users. yet when he brought his program to austin he says he almost immediately ran into resistance from local authorities. >> the participants were very ready to become part of the solution and then the local health department came. >> reporter: he also heard reports that law enforcement was continuing to crack down on needle use. the chief is used to arresting drug users, not helping their habits. >> if it is going to save lives i have to support what they are
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telling me will work. from the law enforcement side of it i can't support it. because we're giving these people things to use drugs with. so i'm torn between both sides on it. >> reporter: so it bothers you that you cannot arrest at least for the moment. >> absolutely. >> reporter: but dan says such an attitude could lead to a public health disaster. >> unless we get serious about public health in southern indiana orb throughout indiana we're going to be suffering from this for quite a while. needle exchange programs are rare in the u.s. because of a lack of funding. since 1989 the federal government has banned using public money for these programs. the measles outbreak that rocked california is now over. there have been no new cases, so the outbreak -- [ technical difficulties ] wave of measles cases was traced
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back to disneyland, it ignited a debate over the anti-vaccination movement. finding baseball prospects is getting harder in venezuela. coming up next we'll take a look at why scouts are being forced out of the country. plus middle class families making the choice to live in one of baltimore's toughest neighborhoods.
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>> the potential for energy production is huge... >> no noise, no clutter, just real reporting. the new al jazeera america mobile app available for your apple and android mobile device. download it now in baltimore upper and middle class families are moving in to a notorious neighborhood because of religion. morgan morgan morgan radford takes a look at the movement. >> reporter: this doctor is taking a stroll through baltimore's neighborhood with his two year old daughter. the family physician moved here five years ago after growing up in a middle class town about 20 miles from the city. but why? it's in the heart of inner city baltimore and is one of the most
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dangerous neighborhoods in the country. they are christian evangelicals who believe the only way to help poor communities is to move into them and become neighbors. >> i think it helps to give on a more equal plane with people and see people less of like oh i'm here. i'm coming in to help you, and more like we're neighbors. we're figuring this out together. >> reporter: he's a member of a church founded on the idea that everyone should have a personal stake in helping the suffering. that is the pastor of the church. >> i have been through so much suffering in my life! >> reporter: he says about 25 mostly white middle and upper class families at his church
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have relocated to inner city baltimore. >> think of christ and heaven. he didn't holler down from heaven for god to save him. he came down and invested in the struggles of man kind. and that's what we try to do. >> reporter: you really did move into the heart of an town but baltimore is one of the top ten most dangerous cities in america. were you scared? >> um a little bit. you know like there's -- there's scary stuff that happens anywhere in baltimore, really. there is definitely a lot of ways that i stick out. >> reporter: after all sand town is 96% black. this is a lifelong resident of sand town who says sand town's
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streets are as hard as they seem. >> i shot a man almost took his life on this very intersection. >> reporter: he spent three and a half years in prison for the shooting and when he did get out, he said it was that same church community that helped him turn his life around. it was also the only place where he could get a job. bennett has been working there for 20 years now. >> it was after they stayed and stayed at a very long time and became neighbors and bought homes here that folks started to become more at ease. >> reporter: and while the community admits there is still a lot left to fix on these streets -- >> hope is not extinct. ♪ >> reporter: morgan radford, al jazeera, baltimore. pope francis is considering a stop in cuba when he visits
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the u.s. later this year. the hope was instrumental in arranging talks between washington and havana that have lead to the current effort to restore diplomatic ties. for decades baseball has given venezuelans a shot a better life. but increased political tensions have making it harder for scouts. >> reporter: this is the last time these players will be practicing in venezuela their home country. a u.s. team has decided to quit their training school in this town and move to the dominican republic. >> translator: the work the academies do is done nch our product is the individual. and that talent is here. >> reporter: american schools across the country have been closing their doors, but now
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knew regulations are expected to cut down on the number of scouts who come here in search of talent. jose knows all too well what it means to play major league bail. his two sons have followed in his footsteps, and he lives a lifestyle that many venezuelans can only dream of. >> translator: i was the example that paved the road for countless more. all that i am in thanks to baseball. if scouts don't get visas, they will simply go to other countries. >> reporter: as teams abandon their training facilities they also take with them opportunities for the young. this man was recently signed by the atlanta braves but today his joy has been overshadowed because he knows he could very well be one of the last to go. >> translator: americans will stop coming. it's a terrible situation
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because our friends won't make it and it's very frustrating. >> reporter: in the last decade 12 of the 16 camps operating in the country have left. more than 200 venezuelans have played in major league baseball. an emotional night in san francisco for a giants fan beaten outside of a game four years ago. he was violently attacked and left brain damage but last night he through out the first pitch for a farm team. doctors say he is making a miraculous recovery. that's it for us. the news continues next live from london.
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and for the latest headlines keep up at >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello, i'm lauren taylor. isil says it set off a car bomb outside of the u.s. consulate in erbil, killing three people. foreigners arm themselves in south africa after shops and cars are torched overnight. the u.n. appeals for $274 million to help save the lives of yemenese caught up in the fighting. mo